Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains. 

gainesonbrains.com

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Slomski, Jennifer (2009).  Use of a Touchscreen to Assess Categorization Learning in Rats.  Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady

Abstract 

Categorization is a cognitive task requiring objects to be generalized into and discriminated out of a category.  Touchscreens are touch-sensitive computer monitors shown to be useful in assisting with cognitive tasks in research.  This study sought to use a touchscreen to have rats categorize stimuli based on membership in the oval, rectangle, triangle or star category.  While none of the rats in the study successfully completed the shaping process to enter the next phases, the results from the study do not contradict the likelihood that rats are capable of using a touchscreen for this purpose.  With more time, the rats in this study should have completed the shaping process and continued on to the proposed training and testing methods.